Department of Special Research Collections


The Department of Special Research Collections acquires, preserves, and makes accessible rare, valuable, or unique materials that support UC Santa Barbara students, faculty, and research programs, as well as the scholarly community. The department's holdings are non-circulating but are available for research in the reading room during posted hours.


All requests to use Special Research Collections materials can now be made online using your Special Collections Research Account. Visit our announcement page for more info. Before visiting the Department of Special Research Collections, we recommend that you check our 'Planning Your Research' page to avoid any delays or inconveniences as well as our Building Project Update from our University Librarian.

Browsing Collections

Special Research Collections acquires materials by gift, transfer, and purchase, in accordance with general library procedures.

For general questions, please email us at special [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu or call (805) 893-3062.